Polk's 50th birthday!

mhardy6647

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I was and still am a fan.
Matthew Polk and his cronies came up with a great product approach for its time: loudspeakers that approached the performance level of the then-popular British (mini and semi-mini) monitors, but at a much lower price.

I've been happy with "Monitor Series Model 7A" loudspeakers ever since I first heard 'em at Soundscape in Baltimore -- probably fall of 1976.
I purchased my (demo) pair in 1978 (when I could finally afford them). Still have 'em and have no intention of getting rid of them.

One could argue that Matt's long gone and the company is no more than a brand -- but their current Legend and Reserve series are very fine loudspeakers by any reasonable standard. The Reserve series even deliver very good performance at realistic prices -- shades of the old Polk of the 1970s. :)

Happy birthday, Polk!




 
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I do miss Matthew Polk. There was something reassuring in the fact that you knew a guy in a white lab coat was behind the speakers you just bought.

Where is Mr Polk now anyway? While well into retirement age, he is hopeful not in the aged and infirm camp.

Was trying to figure how many pairs of Polks I've had. It's a lot. Starting with Monitor 4s, with the latest being the Lovely LS9s. (Was there an i in there? Or was that the next gen? I'm guessing the I stood for Fuel Injection.....).
 

mhardy6647

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I do miss Matthew Polk. There was something reassuring in the fact that you knew a guy in a white lab coat was behind the speakers you just bought.

Where is Mr Polk now anyway? While well into retirement age, he is hopeful not in the aged and infirm camp.

Was trying to figure how many pairs of Polks I've had. It's a lot. Starting with Monitor 4s, with the latest being the Lovely LS9s. (Was there an i in there? Or was that the next gen? I'm guessing the I stood for Fuel Injection.....).
According to LinkedIn, he lives on Gibson Island, MD -- a very exclusive little enclave where the Magothy River meets the Chesapeake Bay (not all that far from where I grew up, but only in terms of distance, not socioeconomics). Chatter @ the Polk Forums suggests that he's still up to some interesting things; i.e., not going quietly into that good night. :)

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JHU has most of its old yearbooks on line. I looked for him in the relevant years and he's mentioned in his graduating class, but no photo. Of course, no photo of me in mine, either, so I can't fault him -- but I thought it would've been fun to see him in his UG days.

Yeah, some of the more modern Polk model designations got kind of Rococo, didn't they? With added i and TL nomenclature and whatnot.

Two Polk items I still wouldn't mind acquiring... a pair of the original Monitor 4 (using the Peerless silk dome tweeters) and a pair of the original MiniMonitors. :)
 
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